S. Texas immigrant detention center challenged – Full Article.
Oct. 26, 2007, 12:27AM
Lawyer says two mentally ill men untreated, and so are others
By HERNÁN ROZEMBERG
San Antonio Express-news
One was diagnosed with schizophrenia. The other had manic depression. But as far as the federal immigration detention system is concerned, the pair said, their illnesses were checked at the door.
The cases of two immigrants in South Texas reflect the systematic medical maltreatment that detainees face across the country, as the government rushes people in and out to save a buck by skipping treatment, said Javier Maldonado, an immigration lawyer in San Antonio.
‘Disregard for people’
Maldonado is representing Miroslava Rodríguez Grava and Isaias Vasquez Cisneros, Mexican immigrants held at the South Texas Detention Complex, a 1,904-bed federal immigration prison in Pearsall, about an hour from San Antonio.
Issues with ICE
Not all prison managers for the private and public outfits that contract with ICE to house immigrant detainees are happy with their middleman role concerning medical care.
One prison warden openly accused ICE of landing him in legal trouble by refusing to approve medical care he sought for one of his inmates.